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For questions about the 19th-century author Edgar Allan Poe and his writings, which include both poetry and short stories, some of which have had widespread influence in their genres.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an extremely influential author and man of mystery, with short stories published in a very wide variety of genres, from gothic horror through mystery and adventure to slapstick comedy. Some of his more famous works include:

  • The Raven, a dark poem on whose construction he wrote the essay The Philosophy of Composition;
  • 3 Dupin stories, which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and thence the entire genre of detective fiction;
  • various chilling pieces of horror, such as The Masque of the Red Death and The Fall of the House of Usher.
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